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this hour on the death of former south african president, nelson mandela. president obama is set to make a statement in a few minutes about the death of mandela that happened this afternoon, not unexpected. he had been sick for a lengthy period of time. we know family and friends gathered at his bedside earlier today anticipating he might pass and he has the word confirmed by current south african president jacob zuma. >> the president and his family were in africa in june. nelson mandela was too ill to receive them. they were able to visit the jail cell where he spent so many years and made his cause for the nation and the world. nelson mandel, dead at the age of 95. crowds are gathering outside his home in johannesburg. we have been showing you these live pictures here with the south african flag. 1990 he came out of prison. made discrimination against white minorities against the law there. won the nobel peace prize and truly was known as the father of democracy in modern south africa. again, president obama is set to make remarks from the white house at 5:20. we will bring it to you
is president obama. sacrificing his own freedom for the freedom of others. he transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from a prisoner to a embodied the promise that human beings and countries cachange forhe better. the commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him is an example that all humanity should aspire to. he joined the african national congress and worked to oppose apartheid. inwould be sentenced to life prison and remained behind bars for 27ears for being released. want a free man, he was able to negotiate an end to apartheid rule and become the first elected black president of south africa and a global icon for reconciliation. nelson mandela is the subject of the latest film that hit theaters this weekend. i am joined with more. >> harvey weinstein has put out a statement on its passing. one of the privileges of making movies is immortalizing those that have had a profound impact on humanity. i was fortunate to have been immersed in his story and legacy. some of the material has been made available to high school students. the goal by
. >> you did some reporting on president obama's south african trip, where president obama was very mindful of mr. mandela's health. remind the viewers of what president obama did when he went to south africa several months ago? >> well, again, i wasn't on that trip, but there was oncern, some talk even then. nelson mandela was in failing health at that time. that perhaps his visit to south africa could coincide with nelson mandela, his illness. he didn't go visit directly with nelson mandela at the time. their two lives, given their places in history, have intersected somewhat. we are waiting to hear what president obama says about nelson man tele. would not be surprised to have him appear on camera to discuss his legacy not only in south africa, but in the united states. there is a new movie out now about nelson mandela and his journey from an activist at the african national congress, to his imprisonment, his release and his rise to lead south africa, the incredible rise to lead south africa. no word exactly on what the president can say or when real hear something from president obama.
's been fighting illness for a year or longer. he became south africa's first black president. president obama spoke to the nation a short time ago. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings we will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. >> what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek. >> good evening from washington. in its own way is in a state of mourning tonight. nelson mandela was historic figure, inspiration and role model for africans, south africans, but americans as well in our own troubles racial history and struggle to overcome that mirrored to americans in the life and the struggle and the suffering and then the triumph and the leadership of nelson mandela whose passing at 95 was noted by his successor, south african president, jacob zuma. >> yet, what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek in ourselves. and in him, we saw so much of ourselves. >> reporter: one of those who says he was espec
. the south african embassy in washington, d.c. makedent obama is going to a statement in just a few minutes. meantime, we will hear from jacob zuma, the press about south africa, who spoke just a few minutes ago. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost a father. mourn and knew , nothing cand come diminish our sense of the profound and enduring loss. >> the inspiration to follow the legacy and teachings of nelson mandela, summed up by jacob zuma when he said let us commit ourselves to strive together to build a united, nonracist, nonsexist community. news,ore on this breaking the passing of nelson mandela, throughout the newscast, including when the president speaks. >> we are waiting for the president to appear. as soon as he does, much wrong his passing. the president should be here in about five minutes. >> meantime, covering some local news, major developments tonight in the story that you saw first here on abc seven, adc police officer under investigation in connection to a missing teenager case. >> we have learned the police officer is connected to an underaged pr
that president obama met mandela. he didn't, this last time he went to south africa, because he was so ill and he wanted to respect the feengs of the family and he didn't go to see him. but clearl you c tell how could it be any other way that obama was so incredibly and heavily influenced and inspired by the struggle of nelson mandela. >> fareed, your thoughts after hearing the president of the united states. >> one of the things, wolf, that president obama reminded us was that this was one of the great moral causes and political causes of the 1980s and '90s. you remember it well and we have forgotten now, but it was one of the great rallying causes on college campuses around the western world. it was even true in asia. it was a cause that really was global in a way that very few were, because it was such a sore, a cancer, on global society, the idea that you had this white minority regime treating african blacks almost like slaves and this extraordinary system of institutionalized serfdom that was apartheid. obama reminds us that he, like many, many people, spent some time protesting against it,
are taking live to the white house next. president obama on the death of former south african residents nelson mandela. >> nelson mandela closed a statement from the dock saying, "i have fought against white domination and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. it is an ideal i hope to live for and to achieve. but if need be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die." nelson mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and today, he has gone home. we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. .e no longer belongs to us he belongs to the ages. dignity andfierce unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from imprisonment to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better.
on the passing of nelson mandela. president obama will deliver a statement on the passing of the former south african president coming up here in about 4 1/2 minutes as soon as the president comes out. we will bring you his remarks live. president obama to speak from the white house in just a few moments. let's bring in nbc's andrea mitchell. such a full life led by nelson mandela. if you could speak about the escalating international pressure to release him back in 1990, what was that like? this must have been a real global effort. >> it was indeed. it began before that. during the reagan years, initially president reagan is very much against apartheid and he was led to the position finally of opposing apartheid by george schultz. a rising star and a strong presence on foreign policy than a senator from indiana. there was a global push for this from faith leaders and from anti-segregationists here in this country. we heard just now the secretary general of the united nations that no one has done more. no one in our era and generation has done more to fight discrimination than the moral leade
and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed south africa and moved all of us. >> pelley: president obama used the word modiba an honorary tightle that translates at father. major garrett at the white house tells us this evening mr. obama plans to attend the state funeral in south africa. that is likely to be in about ten days. nelson mandela will be remembered as a man who emerged from a tiny village to become a defining figure of our time. he was born on july 18th, 1918 in a village called mvezo. his mother named him holy sashava meaning troublemaker, but later a teacher renamed him nelson. he moved to johannesburg at 23, he became one of the nation's first black lawyers and joined the opposition african national congress in the early 1940s, devoting himself then to peacefully ending apartheid. then in 1960, 69 peaceful black demonstrators were killed by white south african police in the infamous sharpeville massacre. mandela came to believe that the only recourse then was violence. >> there are many people who feel that it is useless and futile for
of the south african embassy in washington d.c. earlier president barack obama made remarks from the white house. we're back here with george, kirstin and charles. we'll hear about this man's life the next day or so or longer. the impact he had really will last long beyond that. a lot of people look at the peace deal he struck on a par tide as a model. >> it's a model that was facilitated by something we're still experimenting with. sanctions as a way of changing the behave or of other nations short of force. the united states and around the world, sanctions and all that had a way that worked. it hasn't worked with other nations. it had democratic roots in the world that helped still at the remarkable achievement. come back to the miracle of the man that showed no bitterness. if he felt hit and never expressioned it is astonishing. >> what separates him from normal human beings is after he went through sympathy. the clerk, white leader who released him and negotiated the transition, spoke shortly after the announcement after mandela's death and spoke about how in the negotiations mandela w
madiba. may his soul rest in peace. god bless africa. >> that was south africa'spresi. this evening at the white house, president obama expressed his condolences to nelson mandela's family and praised the transformative leader. >> at his trial in 1964, nelsonm the dock saying, i have fought against white domination, and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. it is an ideal which i hope to live for, and to achieve. but if need's be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. nelson mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. to achieve more than could be expected of any man. and today he's gone home and we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. through his fierce dignity and unbending welfare sacrificing his owning live for the freedom of others, madiba, sacrificed, for others, in the belief that
of times in person, the obama family connecting with mandela's family in south africa. again you're looking right now outside of nelson mandela's home in johannesburg where people have gathered to remember, to reflect upon the life of the man they call madeva. he is the father of modern south africa, dead at 95. >> interestingly right now a lot of south africans are asleep because it is past midnight in south africa. so they're going to wake up to this news. those who have heard, many of them, probably heard on social media. we saw some reports on twitter and facebook earlier and i want to bring in russ ptacek now who has been sort of monitoring some of the comments that some people have left. what are you finding? >> a man known for so many sayings that touched so many and at the moment this news was breaking around the world and our newsroom was scurrying the nelson mandela foundation sent out one of his quotes. i don't know if you're able to pull up my ipad here. came from the nelson mandela ch foundation and you can see it's in several different languages. i'm going to pull u
back in june throughout africa and south africa that president barack obama was on. you could see him halting and pausing as he talked about the legacy. i think it's important to note that he spoke a lot about what you've been discussing and highlighting what is important, nelson mandela's push for reconciliation for those that imprisoned him. president barack obama says one thing he talks about ask how man dell laugh was stubborn about pushing forward not just dealing through the 27 years of imprison ment. after he got out, to continue to fight for the cause of freedom. he continued to push forward. that's a legacy for many people. >> it is. one of his quotes to that end. he said, do not judge me by my successes. judge me by how many times i fell down and got back up again. >> you heard the president talk about nelson mandela saying also that he wasn't a saint. he considered himself rather a sinner trying to become a saint, trying to continue to push forward the cause of justice and freedom. trying to stress. that was one of the reasons he was so beloved around the world is that he
a number of visitors, including first lady michelle obama. it also mandela became a living symbol of freedom -- nelson mandela became a living symbol of freedom and the strength of south africa and freedom beyond. has already begun at the south african embassy. hassle fella has more. >> at the south african embassy, a real-life reminder of this man's life and legacy. in front of the embassy, the nine foot statue made of bronze, designed by a south african sculptor, modeled after images of mandela back in 1990. the closed fist, almost signaling victory. he was jailed 27 years three decades ago, at the very spot where dozens of protesters, americans included, who were arrested because they were protecting against apartheid in south africa. we talked with this 12-year-old girl who came with her father to pay tribune to this man. we asked why anybody this young should care about his legacy. she said, because he fought for many people. >> i want to pray for his family, his him, and all the people suffering for his loss. and i would like to say thank you for him and everything he did fo
spectrum. but none really walked and talked the way that mandela did. his legacy in south africa will be unmatched of that of anyone we can think about. >> we are awaiting president obama. he is set to give a statement on the death of nelson mandela from the white house. what impacts has nelson mandela had on u.s. president politics? >> two things. first of all, i did want to make a point, which in south africa, there is actually going to be a lot of impact here. he a.n.c. has elections coming up, and they have had a hard time of it. the economy has had a difficult time. the a.n.c. has never gotten since 2% of the vote mandela was in charge of the country. they were set to under perform, and now they are not. now the vote turn out will be great, and it will be very solidly pro a.n.c. the legacy of mandela is really going to matter there. for the united states, in recent years mandela has had the kind of impact that martin luther king had. -- unifying union figure that gets beyond race. some of the best moments that you see in american statesmanship reflects the kind of rhetoric
on politics south of the border. >> as a person, i like president obama. i don't like his politics. i'm a conservative. i would be a republican if i was down in the states. so i don't believe in all this public funded health care. we've got to pay for it. we can't afford it. what you guys are doing down there, i can't get my head around it. >> gabriel, rob ford cannot get his head around what we're doing down here. regular irony doesn't cut it. you need a 17 tier wedding cake of irony. rob ford is mayor. we took a look at the mayoral map which i put up. rob ford's base was in the suburbs. if you how he won, his support is among poor -- it's across racial lines but suburban toronto voters. they are the ones keeping in office. that blue is rob ford. >> looks like a crack crystal. >> a them act candidacy and administration. >> as far as i understand it, he basically -- the election was one of how bad could he be. i think he'll keep the taxes down. he wasn't really interrogated as a person. there was no one asking, does he smoke crack. that was not a campaign issue. >> apparently it now n
's family. so much our people would be free. very emotional words from the president of south africa. melissa: here is president obama. let's listen in. >> nelson mandela closed statement from the dock saying, i have fought against white domination. and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. it is an ideal which i hope to live for and to achieve. but if needs be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die. nelson mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. today he has gone home and we've lost one of the most influential, courageous an profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. through his fierce dignity and unbending will, to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, madiba transformed south africa and moved all of us, his journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that hum
since president obama's gotten into office, and i've just spent a lot of time in south america and we're not doing too much better there either. >> i thought it was embarrassing for the united states when president putin played almost the role of dad and rescued us from a military action but on the other hand the whole thing was kind of humiliating. >> the president created that for himself by drawing a red line, seems like seven or eight times that if they used chemical weapons, there were going to be serious consequences. and then he didn't seem to know what to do when actually he had to act. in fact, he first was going to act. then he wasn't going to act. and then when the u.k. parliament didn't approve it he seemed to back off. that left a perfect opening for putin who after all is a master at state craft and intelligence and all their other. it goes right back to the beginning. we reset our relationship with russia and we've had russia emerge now as a much more important power. >> you know what's disturbing about these pugh research numbers in 2009, 49% of the people thought we h
that in a moment. Ñ lou: coming up on lou dobbs tonight china trying to expand while the obama administration concedes. armed services judiciary member congressman randy forbes of the new obama doctrine and rising tensions in the south china sea. join us tonight at 7:00 eastern. stuart: something very special, the king of diamonds for you. a very special diamond, you are looking at it right now. here to describe it, you are going to sell them. >> second time in twenty-five years. 52 carrots. in south india. the most famous diamonds in the world. and joseph, which we show on fox on $21 million. stuart: the king of diamonds, it really is special. >> the first diamond known to man, the first diamond ever. stuart: i didn't know it. >> the earliest mine, developing 300 years. stuart: may i pick it up? stuart: can't get this but i am holding it. to show your viewers that. get a sense before it is brought up, and it wouldn't crack. i am holding it. it was sold 25 years ago for 7,000,005. for that time an unheard of price, supposed to assure you house specials this is because even back then, do it ou
president jacob zuma made the sad announcement a little over an hour ago. >> south africans, nelson mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation has departed. this is the moment of our deepest sorrow. our nation has lost its greatest son. >> a short time ago president obama had this to say about nelson mandela from the white house. >> his journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives. the fact that he did it all with grace and with humor and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections only makes the man that much more remarkable. >> the president went on to say he didn't think it was likely we'd see mandela's like again. joining us now via telephone is former d.c. mayor, current council member marion barry who was i think you were mayor still when nelson mandela was released from prison in 1992. am i correct, mr. mayor? >> a
who helped free south africa from apartheid and inspired citizens of all nations. president obama spoke just moments ago. >> he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and today he's gone home. we've lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. for now let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived. a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. may god bless his memory and keep him in peace. >> mandela spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, but he never stopped believing in freedom for himself and his country. outside his home just moments ago, the people of south africa were singing. ♪ >> we'll be going live to south africa in just a moment, but first i want to bring in nbc news contributor charlene hunter galt. she spent years covering both nelson mandela and the anti-apartheid movement in south africa. thank you for being on tonight. >> thank yo
things have gotten better since president obama has gotten into office. i have just spent a lot of time in south america. we're not doing too much better there, either. >> you know, i thought it was sort of humiliating for the united states in the issue over syria when president putin wrote a letter and sort of big footed president obama and sort of stepped in and played almost the role of dad and said i will take care of this. sort of rescued us from a military action. but, on the other hand, the whole thing was sort of humiliating. >> the president really created that problem for himself, right by drawing a red line i don't know how many times it seems to me seven or eight times that if they used chemical weapons, there were going to be serious consequences. and then he didn't seem to know what to do when actually he had to act. in fact, he first was going to act. then he wasn't going to act. and then when the u.k. parliament didn't approve it, he seemed to back off. that left a perfect open for putin who, after all is, a master of at state craft and at intelligence and all these othe
in the park began on a much smaller scale, long before the south bay fwam silicon valley. the uk magazine "essential traveler" describes the celebrations as a quote, two-acre extravaganza. >> it's a great festival there. >> sunny obama stole the show. do you know who sunny is? that's the dog. the family dsonny, take a look, accidentally knocked over this little girl. the girl, you know what, got right back up with the help of the first lady. got up to her feet and sonny gave her a nice little kiss. they apologized. and look, a very nice event at the white house. >> thanks for joining us here. >> see you at 11:00. >>> now on "extra," the first shots of paul walker's grief-stricken girlfriend today. breaking details on the crash investigation. new footage of the explosion. were paul and his friend trapped in the car for 60 seconds? >>> then, a touching look at paul, the best man at his brother's wedding, weeks before the tragedy. >>> plus, the new "fast & furious" twist today. >> why they may scrap number 7 and start over. >>> britney, breaking news about retiring and having more kids. >> i
of freedom. president obama met mandela once in 2005, when obama was a senator. after one term as president mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a variety of causes. when south africa hosted soccer's world cup tournament in july 2010 he made his last major public appearance at the final game. the crowd honoured him with a thunderous ovation. his third wife, grassa michelle, the former first lady of mozambique was at his side during his battles with prostate cancer and lung infections that hospitalized him in the end. >> never, and never again, that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another, and suffer the indignity of being the scum of the world. the sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement. god bless africa. thank you. nelson mandela dead at 95. >> let's get to the white house, mike viqueira is the white house correspondent and he has reaction from president obama to the death of nelson mandela. mike? >> about 50 minutes ago president obama came into the james brady briefing room. no secret
in the south south african capital. the newspaper of johannesburg reports that nelson mandela died in his home surrounded by his wife and family. columbian president was in washington this week for talks with president obama. on tuesday, he spoke at the national press club about his country's free trade agreement with the u.s., the war on drugs, and peace talks with columbian rebels. this is an hour. >>> good afternoon. welcome to the national press club. my name is angela keane. i'm a reporter for "bloomberg news" and the 106th president of the national press club. we are the world's leading professional organization for journalists committed to our profession's future through our programming with the event such as this, while fostering a free press worldwide. for more information about the national press club, please visit our website at www.press.org. to donate to programs offered to the public through the national press club journalism institute. on behalf of our members worldwide, i would like to welcome our speaker and those in the audience today. if you hear applause, i note that member
can he expect from china if he uses those words? >> well, first of all, japan and south korea have already said we're not going to recognize this, so all we have to do is support those two allies. so it's not asking too much for the obama administration just to come out and simply say, look, we're with japan, we're with south korea, this is not your territory, we're going to continue with the status quo. jenna: but if we both continue to disagree with each other, does it just -- the status quo remain? right now a thousand commercial flights go through that area every day including, of course, united states airlines, and the commercial airlines have been notifying china of going through this area because be they don't -- if they don't, i mean, this is a risk, very hypothetical, if they're viewed to be aggressive, then china could take action. >> sure. the problem here though, jenna, is both japan and south korea have told their airlines not to recognize this. so we are the ones who are giving in to the chinese, and we have a history of doing that. and that's the larger concern, is n
that occurred in sharkville in south africa in 1960. he was jailed after a trial. and then emerged triumphant and somebody that the entire world could look up to. this is -- you can bet that president obama's going to be heard on this before too long. and we've lost somebody that deserves emulation everywhere. >> i don't know, i just want to bring people a little bit of background information here about mandela's condition over the last couple of months. he had been three months in the hospital with the recurrent lun september, originally. but those lung problems attributed to the tuberculosis he contracted during 27 years in prison before he led his country to democracy, subject of many biopics lately. what is your view on his history in south africa and overseas? >> i think he has more stature than anyone around the world with the possible exception of the pope. a lot of continue versy around the current president as well as becky who proceeded him in that job who was nelson mandela's successor. i think this is somebody whose reputation was titanic and the entire world will be mourning. >>
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